Sam's Little Obstacle: Success!

Way back in June 2015(!), a GoFundMe fundraiser helped Alicia Heintz and her family with much needed medical, unpaid time off, and other bills while Sam was battling atypical HUS (hemalytic uremic syndrome). It is an "ultra-rare" genetic disease that targets the kidneys and can also cause damage to other areas of the body.  Over the last almost 3 years, Sam has been in and out of the hospital weekly for dialysis and associated complications. It has been a difficult and trying time for Sam, Alicia, Peter, and their family.

Now, in October 2018, I am so pleased to help Alicia announce that Sam has finally received the MUCH NEEDED and long awaited kidney transplant! Sam is out of the ICU and Alicia and the great medical team continue to care for Sam as he recovers.

Alicia is fully aware of the MANY family and friends who want to help her and the family during this time.  Your donation to this GoFundMe campaign is an easy and extremely helpful way to help Alicia, Sam and Peter. The money you give goes DIRECTLY to Alicia and she can keep up with all of the support and love on this site.

If you work with Alicia, you have the opportunity to donate work leave to her as she only gets a limited amount of paid leave. This is another generous and supportive way to easily help Alicia focus on Sam's recovery.

Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, love and support! Keep them coming! It takes a village! Sam, Alicia and Peter feel all the love, appreciate greatly the generosity, and look forward to sharing time with everyone in the future!

To keep up with Sam's progress, check out Alicia's Facebook page, Sam's Little Obstacle:

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Organizer and beneficiary

Emeline Tolod-Kemp 
Grand Rapids, MI
Alicia Heintz 
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